MLB Grind Down: Wednesday, June 19th - CLE @ TEX
Cleveland at Texas – 8:05 PM ET
Plutko needs a good matchup and/or a good ballpark to warrant consideration in DFS, especially in a 10-game slate. He doesn’t have either in his favor tonight, as he squares off against the Rangers in a hitter-friendly ballpark. I know the Rangers are missing some key bats, but their projected lineup still boasts an average xwOBA of .343 against right-handed pitching.
Quick Breakdown: Avoid Plutko in all formats.
Palumbo is set to make his second career major league start tonight against the Indians. In 10 Double-A starts earlier this season, he posted a 3.76 FIP with a strikeout rate of 31%. Sure, those numbers are encouraging, but this is only his second start above the Double-A level. This is a huge step up in competition and he is pitching in one of the best hitting environments in baseball.
Quick Breakdown: It doesn’t hurt to take a wait and see approach with Palumbo.
Batter Grind Down
We don’t have a lot of data to work with when it comes to Joe Palumbo. He’s a southpaw with good numbers in the minors, but tonight will only be his second career major league start. The Indians see a favorable ballpark shift, their offense has been heating up, and they are guaranteed to see ninth-inning bats. They were a popular stack last night and I don’t mind going right back to the well this evening. Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, Jordan Luplow, and Jose Ramirez all bat from the right side and all boast a .350+ xwOBA against southpaws.
Stackability – BLUE
Once again, I expect the Rangers to garner half the ownership as the Indians. They are playing at home and have the same implied run total. Adam Plutko allowed a .348 xwOBA to lefties a year ago and has allowed a .396 xwOBA to righties this season. Rather than focusing on batters from a certain side of the plate, I will focus on batters that hit right-handed pitching well. Shin-Soo Choo, Danny Santana, Nomar Mazara, and Willie Calhoun all own a .345+ xwOBA against righties this season.
Stackability – GREEN